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Well, we are taking very small baby steps. This past long weekend, we built 25 doors (we do have some minor things to finish on the doors), I managed to move our R4511 to the new shop and got it set up. I also built a large 4' by 8' outfeed table. I did use the R4511 for a little bit. I am still primarily working out of my small 18' by 18' garage and so I use my ts3660 (it is still set up in my garage) for everything. The R4511 is very nice and so far I am very happy. When I first bought it during the $300 sale, I put it in my dining room until we were actually able to move into a real shop which is now. So the saw has been stored in my dining room for a long time. The belt developed a few creases that seem permanent. So no matter how I adjust the pulley on the motor the belt still tends to run 1/3 off of the pulleys with 2/3 of belt actually on the pulley. I played with the adjustment a lot and could not rectify this and I am confident it an issue with the belt which will get rectified quick.

Setting up the shop will be slow going for us. We have a lot to do. We are in the middle of a kitchen that is due for install/completion 6/12/2010. We then have a wall unit to build and recently completed a bid on another wall unit that I think we will get hired on. So we will make the full move in between jobs as much as possible.

Well, we are having loads of fun!

Happy woodworking everyone,

Jerry
 

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Rhett, I agree, I hope to stay busy for a long time. We just went through a small drought without any custom work at all. Yes, I am talking about the Ridgid. We have gotten very good deals on the Ridgid saws we have.

I do hold onto hope that we land a nice cabinet saw like a powermatic, unisaw on CL in the next year or so. When we do I plan on selling the TS3660. Nice cabinet saws do come available around the San Antonio area on CL every now and then.
 

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Since no one else has posted it yet, if you decide you need a replacement belt for the 4511, search (or ask) for a Gates 300J6. I Haven't had to replace mine yet, but I have the reference, just in case…
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Yes, I need a new belt. I wonder if a link belt would work or maybe not. I was going to have to research what belt and from where to get it. Thanks for the information Peter.

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sounds like you're doing pretty well! like mentioned, better to be overbusy then overbored.

as for the belt - contact Ridgid to start with, they should send you a replacement belt. the gates 300j6 is an aftermarket option as well, should be better quality than factory belt.

if you'll notice the belt has grooves in it like rails 6 of them (hence the 6 in the 300j6 item number) which are aligned with grooves in the pullies - make sure they are indeed aligned. sounds like some may be messed up on the belt. for the same reason - I don't believe a link belt would be suitable for this saw and these pullies as they will not conform to the slots on the pullies that the belt matches to.
 

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I went to a local industrial belt dealer here to get a replacement belt for my R4511. The stock belt was a piece of manure. It was out of round to say the least. I had issues with the stock belt slipping at startup and the replacement fixed that, it also got rid of the vibrations. I'll try and get you the belt number for the one I'm using. Also link belts won't work on this saw unless you change the pulleys out…..
 

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Lessions Learned the hard way for those who haven't un-crated yet

1. Don't forget the grounding strap
2. Leave the bolts connecting the Herculift to the legs loose
3. Mount the dust pan before the Herculift
4. Level the wings before tightening the restraining bolts, don't let granite slide on granite
5. Silly one, but move the motor forward by hand before cranking the bevel lock to get a look at the pulley to pulley belt alignment

My current project is extending the front and rear rail to mount a right side router. Dumping a wing to do this is not a good idea in my opinion since it decreases the weight of the saw. The single biggest advantage the R4511 has it the absurd weight for a 3/4 enclosed hybrid. Sears sells the SC Industrial font and rear angle iron rails for about $150 with shipping. Cheaper to do it yourself, but tapping and powder coating is time and I'd easily waste more than $150 worth of time and the risk of mistake is high enough.

Another item that Sears sells is the Riving Knife, $20. About the same price as Leeway, but cheaper since no extra shipping if you're ordering the angles for the 30" rails. What I didn't purchase was the SC Industrial fence assembly ($176) or the single piece guide rail. If you clamp a straight edge to the split rails while tightening it won't deflect. The other option is to purchase the 50" rail kit from Toolking or try to get SC to respond to a customer service call and sell directly to you. Losing Woodcraft as a supplier made it terribly inconvienent to find accessories for Orion saws.
 

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Swede, it the Ridgid hybrid saw with granite top. It is a nice saw and was closed out a few months back.

Thanks for all of the advice. I know I need to replace the belt. That will happen soon.
 

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I got the sears riving knife also. My R4511 is no longer on the herculift, and the wings are no longer used along with the rails that got replaced with an incra system. I'll post the project after the holiday weekend…......
 
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